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Nnamdi Kanu: An Igbo in Jewish clothing

Nnamdi Kanu, the self-styled leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), who want the secession of southeast Nigeria from the rest of county, showed up in court for his treason trial in Jewish skull cap and a shawl with the Star of David. It is not clear if Kanu has converted to Judaism while in detention since October 2015. …

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New Year, New IPOB?

The agitation for the secession of southeast Nigeria from the rest of the country by organisations such as the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and others is unlikely to end in this New Year. While acknowledging the challenges faced with Boko Haram, Niger Delta militancy and clashes with Shia Muslims, President Muhammadu Buhari tried to ignore the burning Biafran issue …

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Buhari blunder: Pulls out of Enugu trip following IPOB threats

President Muhammadu Buhari ducked out of opening a Southeast Economic and Security Summit in Enugu today following threats made by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), who are campaigning for the secession of southeast Nigeria from the rest of the country. The group in a statement on 19 December warned that Buhari must steer clear of “Biafraland or have himself …

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Nigeria fails to come to grips with separatist “New Biafra”

A treason trial will start next month in a Nigerian high court that has major implications for the country’s stability. In the dock will be Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the separatist Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). Along with three other people, he is facing a charge of “treasonable felony”. Biafra was the secessionist Igbo enclave of southeastern Nigeria that existed …

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The Kalu and Kanu show does each other no favours

Nnamdi Kanu, the self-proclaimed leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) who has been in detention since October last year, was visited today in Kuje Prison by Orji Uzor Kalu, the former governor of Abia State. Kalu and Kanu are facing prosecution for different reasons. The former governor, who recently joined the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), will face …

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Nigeria: At least 150 peaceful pro-Biafra activists killed in chilling crackdown

The Nigerian security forces, led by the military, embarked on a chilling campaign of extrajudicial executions and violence resulting in the deaths of at least 150 peaceful pro-Biafra protesters in the south east of the country, according to an investigation by Amnesty International published today. Analysis of 87 videos, 122 photographs and 146 eye witness testimonies relating to demonstrations and …

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The Politics of Biafra and the Future of Nigeria – London book launch

London University’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) was the venue on Friday 11 November for the launch of Chudi Offodile’s controversial book: The Politics of Biafra and the Future of Nigeria. Several UK-based Nigerians, pro-Biafran separatists, and academics with an interest in Nigeria turned up to hear the author speak about the book and then take questions from …

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In Nigeria, Biafran separatists are celebrating Donald Trump’s election

Secessionist groups say Trump will uphold the right of indigenous peoples to “self-determination.” A secessionist movement in Nigeria is celebrating the victory of Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential election, believing they have found a kindred spirit who can help their cause. Supporters of the restoration of Biafra — a region of southeast Nigeria that existed as an independent republic …

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Nigeria should respect protesters’ rights

Authorities should investigate deaths of protesting Biafran separatists One year ago, on October 14, 2015, Nigerian security forces arrested the leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), a group from Nigeria’s southeastern region that seeks to establish an independent state. The supporters of Nnamdi Kanu, who previously lived in the United Kingdom and who spread his message through the …

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